Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-320 vs Panasonic Lumix FT25

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-320

Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x23 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-320

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the TG-320's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 260 shots vs 150 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size Smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 96x63x23 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 142 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Size Fairly small Help
TG-320:96x63x23 mm
FT20:101x58x19 mm
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Waterproof Waterproof Help
Great at the beach
Thickness Thin Help
TG-320:0.9"
FT20:0.7"
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
TG-320:0.6 fps
FT20:1.3 fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Screen size Very small screens Help
2.7"
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
TG-320:3.6x
FT20:4x
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
TG-320:f/3.5
FT20:f/3.9

Compared to recent waterproof cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
TG-320:Sensor shift
FT20:Lens
Weight Light weight Help
TG-320:155 g
FT20:142 g
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
TG-320:28 mm
FT20:25 mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix FT25

Panasonic Lumix FT25

Waterproof

$183

Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Waterproof

$213

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Fujifilm FinePix XP200

Fujifilm FinePix XP200

Waterproof

$285

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Fujifilm FinePix XP50

Fujifilm FinePix XP50

Waterproof

$250

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon Coolpix S32

Nikon Coolpix S32

Waterproof

$107 - $188

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Olympus TG-820 iHS

Olympus TG-820

Waterproof

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Fujifilm FinePix XP60

Fujifilm FinePix XP60

Waterproof

$169 - $180

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Olympus TG-320 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus TG-310

Olympus TG310

Waterproof

$149

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Macro focus Better macro capability
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Fujifilm FinePix XP70

Fujifilm FinePix XP70

Waterproof

$129 - $240

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Macro focus Much worse macro capability

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

Panasonic Lumix FT4

Waterproof

Aperture Wider aperture
3D Takes 3D photos
Size Significantly larger
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix FT5

Panasonic Lumix FT5

Waterproof

$298

Aperture Wider aperture
3D Takes 3D photos
Size Significantly larger
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$297 - $543

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Significantly larger
Weight Significantly heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Waterproof

$198 - $214

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

appearance

Olympus TG-320 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
Olympus TG-320 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
Olympus TG-320 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

discussion

Olympus TG-320
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